In Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition on Nintendo Switch, your job as the architect and developer is to build world-famous skyscrapers that will be the envy of the entire city, masterpieces of art and engineering. But a skyscraper is more than just steel and glass, it’s an intricate ecosystem, full of people that live and work in the building. They become a complex machine that needs your steady hand to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition is a port of the popular PC game. It includes all the updates and DLC in one package. The worst thing you can do with this game is underestimated it. Don’t go in all guns blazing, building 72 floors in the first 5 mins. You have to be thinking 5 hours in the future, making sure you have access to the floors, room for electricity and water etc. Things like renters happiness is a major player, as this can cause people to leave, which may put you in the red.
Offices and flats are the way you start to bring in money. But you have to make sure you have everything in place before building. Things like cafes, restaurants, printing facilities, water bottle suppliers are all going to be needed. This is where the planning needs to take place, as though an office will cost you 200, you may need to spend 900 on other building to keep them happy.
Time can be sped up or paused if you need time to re-think your layout. There is also a huge list of reports to allow to see where the money is coming from and being sent, noise pollution and heat maps. This is all hidden within the vast menu network. I highly recommend learning the layout and controls, as this will make the rest of the game a lot easier.
I find that I may start the game again a couple of times a day. This is mainly due to learning something and wanting to use that trick from the beginning. Things like allowing space for electric cupboard and also for water, and elevators pay off in the end when you get high enough.
There are objectives to complete, which also gain you money when you complete them. But you can play the game as you want. Do you want to create two towers separated by a lobby? Go for it! Do you want to just do a hotel? Awesome, do it!
The aesthetic of the game is quite appealing. It’s bright and simple and allows it to run smoothly on the Switch.
Overall, Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition is a must-have for the Switch. It’s great in handheld mode, perfect for short bursts of gameplay to monitor your tower. Finally, check out Jabba Reviews. Also, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.